About William A. Stone, Governor
William Alexis Stone (April 18, 1846 – March 1, 1920) was the 22nd Governor of Pennsylvania from 1899 to 1903.
Stone was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. In 1864, Stone enlisted in the Union Army as a private during the American Civil War, and became a second lieutenant in 1865. He continued his military service after the war in the Pennsylvania National Guard. He attended Mansfield State Normal School and taught while studying law.
In 1872, he was appointed as a clerk for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives and was later appointed district attorney for western Pennsylvania by President Rutherford B. Hayes. He held that post until 1886 when he violated President Chester A. Arthur's edict for political office-holders not to campaign for political candidates. Stone campaigned for James A. Beaver, and his removal only increased his popularity.
Congress and Pennsylvania Governorship
He served four terms in the United States House of Representatives before running for governor in 1898. During his term in office, Pennsylvania's state debt was eliminated, and a new capitol building was commissioned. After serving as governor, Stone joined his son in private law practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he died at age 73.
Stone Hall, a residence hall on Penn State's University Park campus is named for Stone.